Many people are often told that luxuries like exfoliation and other skincare treatments require a professional spa or dermatologist visit. Microdermabrasion is a process that uses tiny crystals to gently exfoliate skin. Fortunately, it can be done at home to attain improved complexion and reduce appearance of blemishes, fine lines, and stretch marks. Here are instructions and tips for effectively and safely developing an at-home microdermabrasion regimen.
Why Microdermabrasion Crystals Are Better
If you think you don’t need microdermabrasion because you already use scrubs at home, it’s important to note that the compound used in professional microdermabrasion products is much safer than anything you can buy in the store. Most store bought exfoliation products are made with irregularly shaped sugar, salt, or ground apricot seeds. While most of these scrubs won’t harm your skin if used in areas with tough skin, if used on the face, the rough edges can scratch your skin on a cellular level and cause more damage, acne, and swelling.
Microdermabrasion crystals are made up of a natural compound called white aluminum oxide. Aluminum oxide is mined in Brazil and France and ground down to perfect circles. It’s then treated to create different sized crystals that are measured by grit. The smaller the grit size is, the larger the crystal and the more abrasive it is. 120 grit crystals are ideal for delicate areas like your face and neck, while 80 grit crystals are appropriate for areas like the arms and legs. Reputable microdermabrasion crystal providers, like industry leader NeedCrystals, provide only 99% pure crystals.
What You Need
Since microdermabrasion crystals vary in size, be sure to get the right crystals for your skin. Crystals work best in cream, lotion, or oil. If you have dry or normal skin, mix one teaspoon of crystals with a moisturizer like jojoba oil or shea butter. For oily skin, alcohol-free aloe vera gel can be effective.
Since you need warm, running water, the bathroom is the best place for microdermabrasion treatments. To start, wash the area you are treating with a cleanser that removes dirt and oil without drying your skin. Then, gently massage the crystal mixture into your skin for several minutes using circular motions. Microdermabrasion should be a pain free process with little to no side effects.
Crystals must be completely removed from your skin after the treatment. To do so, rinse your face over the sink or take a shower. Follow the rinse with a nourishing cream to rehydrate your skin. Since microdermabrasion can cause mild swelling and redness, it’s best to have the treatment at night, so that your skin has time to recover.
After the first treatment, some people may notice that their skin feels rejuvenated and that there is an immediate difference. It’s important to remember that the best results are seen after five to six weeks.
For the best at-home skincare treatment, use microdermabrasion crystals for an exfoliation that will leave your skin feeling fresh, rejuvenated, and clean.
Carl Turner is a beautician and skincare specialist living in Des Moines, Iowa. His expertise in skincare has transformed the lives of those who seek clearer complexion and a balanced skin tone. When he is not busy, he loves to pursue freelance writing and enjoys reading literature.